I'm a state employee (please don't stone me), we are being asked to provide more services with less staff and less money.
We're being asked to do more with less in state agencies. I haven't had even a cost of living pay increase in over 5 years, and now they want to take money out of my pocket to pay into my pension. Which is the main reason I started with the state - it's actually fully funded and employees don't pay into it.
Massive tax increase in IL. But we're still screwed
All I can say is, welcome to the world of the Private Sector. I haven't had a COLA in 3 years, but at least I still have a job (I actually have two jobs) that I work very hard at (because in the PS we don't have bullshit like "seniority" that prevents the bad apples from being thrown out of the barrel), and am quite willing to cut expenses to keep a roof over my head and a vehicle in my apartment's parking spot, rather than expect my neighbors, friends and family to pay for my lifestyle through the skyhigh taxes we all pay here in NY.
No, I'm not in New York State. One of the reasons that I make less than someone in the private sector, not that my job is done by the private sector, is that I have a pension plan. That was part of the deal when I was hired - do a high stress, thankless job where people regularly threaten to kill me (no I don't have a badge or a gun), and in return I have a pension plan. I took a $10K pay cut when I took my job (coming from the private sector in a different field) partially with the thought that my pension plan would make up for it.
And the bad apples can be let go in my state. They just have to do it in the proper way - document problems, etc. My husband is private sector and he can't fire two people who simply can't do the job because HR won't let him, despite following the writing up policies.
If we had a state income tax, I'd bet that most of our issues would be fixed, but that is the "sacred cow" of politics here. Add that to falling property values, and we're screwed tax wise. I'd love for those who don't currently pay taxes to the State, besides sales tax, to have to pay something.
But perhaps this is best discussed in PI.
Yeah, I'm kind of puzzled why this thread isn't in PI.But perhaps this is best discussed in PI.